Bookworm scholar of
Soviet history by day, madcap writer and entertainer by night...
and sometimes vice versa.
On the Research Side
In 2014 I traveled to the Russian Far North with a Princeton Research grant. I returned with the manuscript of a memoir written by Grigory Litinsky.
Never before had I seen an in-depth account of the life of a professional Gulag theater. But there in vivid detail, Litinsky told the life story of the first theater beyond the Arctic Circle, the Gulag Theater of Vorkuta.
Since then, I have been editing and translating Litinsky's memoir. It is now finished and under scholarly review at Oxford University Press.